Cupressus sempervirens

Italian Cypress, Mediterranean cypress

30 m. 98,4 f.
Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Cupressus

Genus of about 25 species of coniferous trees or large shrubs, natibe to the north hemisphere. Evergreen plants with scale-like, opposite and decussate, scented leaves. Foliage is needle-like in young plants. Fruits are woody and spherical.
They grow in full sun and do well even in dry, infertile, acide or alkaline soils.
Plant alone or in rows or use in windbreaks and coastal planting.
Tolerate formative pruning.
Propagate typical species by seeds that germinate easily in spring and cultivars mainly by grafting or by semi-woody cuttings cut by fingernail in summer.
Latin name: Cupressus sempervirens
Two typical varieties of this species are known: the fastigiate cypress, aslso known as the male cypress, and the horizontally branched cypress, also known as the female cypress. The ancient Greeks believed, the tall cypress tree, with its upright, columnar form, joins earth and sky and leads the souls of the dead straight to heaven. Until recently, cypress wood was used for building sailing ships masts. Plant with narrow cylindrical crown and green foliage.